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Volume: 23 (1939)

Issue: 7. (July)

First Page: 983

Last Page: 1053

Title: Geology of Texas Panhandle Oil and Gas Field

Author(s): Henry Rogatz (2)

Abstract:

The production of oil and gas in the Panhandle is controlled by the position of the oil-water and oil-gas contacts, which have been displaced from their original horizontal positions by the regional tilting of the entire surrounding area. Because of this tilting, oil occurs structurally higher along the north flank of the ridge on the west than on the east.

The Permian pre-Red-bed section is a thick series of precipitate deposits divided into anhydrite, dolomite, and limestone, together with Granite wash. If the beds above sea-level were removed, the new outcrops would show: (1) these formations as ever-widening bands from east to west, along the north flank of the granite core of the buried mountains; (2) the successive series thickening northwest; and (3) the lower dolomite and upper Granite wash grading into limestone west and northwest of the town of Borger. The lithologic changes of these formations and the structural features are discussed separately by counties.

Although new shallow oil pools are not to be expected, at least in any great quantities, the possibilities of deep production are practically limitless and exploration is untouched.

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